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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery Models:

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Land Rover Discovery Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Internal failure of the rear cargo door latch can cause the door to not open when using the outside door handle.

Engine -- Verified

A Coolant leak under the middle of the vehicle can be caused by a leaking throttle body deicer. Coolant travels down the engine towards the rear before dripping to the ground.

Engine -- Verified

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Low coolant levels can be caused by leaking head gaskets and/or failed cylinder liners. Misfires or engine performance issues usually accompany these problems.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

A sticking windshield wiper switch can cause a delay in wiper operation, especially in cold weather.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a defective EVAP leak detection pump or defective a oxygen sensor.

Land Rover Discovery Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., March 24, 1998

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. AS A RESULT OF CHAFFING OF A CRUISE CONTROL WIRE, THE STEERING WHEEL ROTARY COUPLER CAN OVERHEAT AND INADVERTENTLY DEPLOY THE DRIVER'S AIR BAG.

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Body, Interior & Misc., January 24, 1997

Summary: THE RIGHT FRONT DOOR CAN FAIL TO LATCH FULLY WHEN CLOSING, CAUSING THE DOOR TO "BOUNCE" BACK OFF THE DOOR SEALS.

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Brakes, September 24, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE CONTACTS OF THE RELAY, WHICH OPERATES THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) PUMP, CAN STICK AND REMAIN CLOSED WHEN COMMANDED TO OPEN BY THE ABS ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT. THE WARNING LAMP WILL ILLUMINATE AND AN AUDIBLE ALARM WILL SOUND.

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Drive Train, January 4, 2001

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 114, "THEFT PROTECTION." WATER CONTAMINATION OF THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OIL CAN LEAD TO VARIOUS FAILURE MODES OF THE TRANSMISSION. ONE OF THESE FAILURE MODELS RESULTS IN INCORRECT OPERATION OF THE PARK LOCK FUNCTION THAT COULD ALLOW A VEHICLE TO ROLL AWAY IF PARKED WITHOUT THE HANDBRAKE PROPERLY SET.

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Drive Train, May 30, 1995

Summary: AT PORT OF ENTRY, A QUALITY OVERCHECK OF THE DIFFERENTIAL PINION SHAFT TORQUE WAS PERFORMED. THIS CHECK REQUIRED THE REMOVAL OF THE DRIVESHAFTS. WHEN THE DRIVESHAFTS WERE REINSTALLED, THE WRONG SIZED NUTS WERE USED.

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Land Rover Discovery Questions and Answers

barbaraj374, 1995 Land Rover Discovery, Chattanooga, TN

will they still fix recalls on my car at the dealership?

wizzard4, 1995 Land Rover Discovery, Alamogordo, NM

Have checked release Switch at brake pedal, tests ok , Brake lights both sides are good, center light not working. What to check next.

manqueangel, 1995 Land Rover Discovery, Alamogordo, NM

car is stuck in park !

barbaraj374, 1995 Land Rover Discovery, Chattanooga, TN

It sounds like it is the manifold gasket is very loud tapping noise how do i fix this

charlieone, 1994 Land Rover Discovery, Tacoma, WA

no loss water no over heating discovery running at normal tempreture

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Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Have owned a 2004 SE7 since '05 - purchased used from LR Dealer with 20k miles, now has 76k. In the 6 yrs of ownership, it has been very, very good - although not perfect: loves to drink premium gas, window motors in both front doors needed replaced, moonroof seals are leak prone, and CD 6-pk got stuck & needed repaired. Mechanically, it has been flawless UP UNTIL NOW - coolant has been disappearing (resovoir almost empty after only a month after filling) with no obvious signs of leaks. Little bit of research online yielded Head Gasket Issues as source - which will not be fun to replace. Still, as it's the only Real powertrain issue in 6 yrs of ownership, overall the truck is a tank and has been dependable. My family is safe in it and, of course, it's offroad capabilities are absolutely incredible. Although head gasket repair is not a cheap by any means, we remain very pleased overall with our Disco and look forward to several more years of ownership.

I had to put a head gasket on my 2002. Did it myself. Dealer wanted $6k to to the head gasket. This thing runs like a horse and is fun to drive while looking classy.

The vehicle is great. HOWEVER...DON"T deal with the dealer if you can avoid it...it will be a nightmare. ALSO, the electrical systems suck..always a problem. Every door lock does not work..all 5doors and NO RECALL. It drive sgreat and handles well in the snow..

If you bought one of these to drive around town and road-trip to LA....you got the wrong rig. Go buy some floaty American SUV. If you're an outdoor enthusiast that likes to take the road less traveled, have a passion for surfing spots in Baja that can't be accessed without a mule or airplane...here is your mule. Truck ALWAYS starts...never a hiccup. It's still running a good old fashioned "buick" engine that have been rolling in Rovers since the 60's. Yep they have issues but nothing unusual. Oil leaks will develop, not much more than torquing or replacing aged gaskets. Change the fluid in the difs and tranny which is what the vehicle is all about and you'll get many years of service from it. electronics are not sophisticated, the sensors can get expensive but there are several good LR parts houses on the net. DO NOT go to the dealer after warranty.....it will be almost triple the cost of an independent.
Rugged and ready to assault the ribbons of unpaved roads....and throw in some snow now and then.
Those that complain about LRs, bought one for all the wrong reasons..they wanted some "status" symbol from a truck used by farmers the world over...come on. These are a good DIY repair vehicle on most aspects too.

Wow what a truck! Simply the best factory 4x4 available on the planet. You have to know what you are gettting into with one of these rigs though. Its is not a car you can simply change the oil in and expect to run for ever. They require an attentive owner, and a good service shop...but if well maintained this could be your rig for life! once you get past your warrantees, there is a plethora of aftermarket gear to take this truck from basic to Bad Ass

If you really want to respect and enjoy the Disco, take it off road and see what it can really do in the environment it was intended for. Dont forget to smile and wave as you cruise past all your friends who got stuck in their lifted pickups and jeeps...if your feeling nice, throw it low and drag them out with no hesitation or trouble.(this thing will pull a house even with the 4.0L)

Bottom line, do your research on both the model and the specific truck...expect to have some maintenance costs.